New Delhi: During the Budget speech, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the government has a goal to double the farmers’ income by 2022.
“Our government is committed to the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022,” she said.
“Farm markets need to be liberalized, farming needs to be made more competitive, handholding of farm-based activities need to be provided, sustainable cropping patterns and more tech needed.”
The state governments will be encouraged to implement Model Agricultural Land Leasing Act of 2016, Model Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing Act of 2017 and Model Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services promotion and Facilitation Act of 2018.
To set up standalone solar pumps, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabiyan (PM KUSUM) will be expanded to provide to 20 lakh farmers.
“To build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, Indian Railways will set up Kisan Rail through PPP model so that perishable goods can be transported quickly. Krishi Udaan will be launched by MoCA on international and national routes,”she said.